Gentrification Is a Five-Course Meal — And the Indigestion Is Horrible

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And so, in 2018, a church that was founded by free Black and freed slaves and sat in the capital of the country had a baptism, an altar call, sang, prayed — and then closed its doors. Gentrification did in 20 years what Reconstruction, the Great Depression, and Jim Crow could not in 100.

Course I: Hors-d’oeuvres

Course II: Salad

Course III: Appetizer

Course IV: Entree

Course V: Dessert


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